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1 (Judaism) a candelabrum with seven branches used in ceremonies to symbolize the seven days of creation
2 (Judaism) a candelabrum with nine branches; used during the Hanukkah festival

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From Hebrew , from the same Semitic root as minaret.




  1. A holy candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple of Jerusalem.
    • 1985: ‘Heathen muck,’ Liberalis said, as the pillaging began. The veil of the Temple was rent. The great menorah was taken away. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
  2. A candelabrum with eight branches used in Jewish worship on Hanukkah.


Extensive Definition

Menorah may refer to:
  • Menorah (Temple) - the seven-branched candelabrum, one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish people and used in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
  • Menorah (Hanukkah) - the nine-branched candelabrum used for Hanukkah, also called a Hanukiah.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Agnus Dei, Holy Grail, Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, ark, asperger, asperges, aspergillum, bambino, beadroll, beads, candle, censer, chaplet, ciborium, cross, crucifix, cruet, eucharistial, holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon, incensory, matzo, mezuzah, mikvah, monstrance, osculatory, ostensorium, paschal candle, pax, phylacteries, prayer shawl, prayer wheel, pyx, relics, rood, rosary, sacramental, sacred relics, sacring bell, shofar, sukkah, tabernacle, tallith, thurible, urceole, veronica, vigil light, votive candle
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